Photographer's Note

Modern Kalpa prior to 1962 was known as Chini Village with main populated area and Kalpa was a part of Chini Village where Forest Bungalow overlooking an orchard was located. Nowadays this village is the central destination for the tourist town of Kalpa. The Kalpa town now consists of hotels, rest houses, administrative buildings spread over the valley, but this cluster of houses, temples and monasteries is basically what it grew out of. The Chini village has houses and temples which are centuries old. The Old Hindustan Tibet road which was an old trade route passes by this village, which used to make it a prominent settlement on this route. However the route is of very less commercial significance now, so this little village has also lost some of its past glory. It has moved on to tourism, apple cultivation and is doing very well and I was told by my guide that some of richest people in modern Himachal Pradesh can trace their roots to this village.

The village is of significance to modern free democratic India as well. As reported, back on October 25, 1951, the villagers of Chini had become the first people in Independent India to cast their votes. The rest of the country would vote only two months later, between December 1951 and February 1952. They voted early because this hamlet receives heavy snowfall from November onwards and becomes inaccessible. While most of the first voters of India are dead, some continue to actively participate in elections even today.

The village is situated in front of the Kinnaur Kailash Range and commands magnificent views of the following peaks :
1. Kinner Kailash – 6050 mts.
2. Raldang Peak – 5900 mts.
3. Jorganden Peak – 6473 mts.
4. Phowaring Peak – 6113 mts.
The village has a Hindu majority who coexist peacefully with a Buddhist population as well.
The building to the left of the frame with a yellow roof is a Buddhist monastery and the building to extreme right with slated roofs is a very old Vishnu Temple. The building having a semi-circular field in front of it is the village school where one can study up-to the Tenth standard.

Thanks for stopping by Chini village.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 14 N: 908] (4067)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-16
  • Categories: Nature, Architecture
  • Exposure: f/7.5, 1/125 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-22 3:07
Viewed: 4811
Points: 54
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Additional Photos by Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 14 N: 908] (4067)
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